Common Name: Dianella ‘King Alfred’
Pot Size: 125mm / 1.1 lt pot
Plant Height: 60-70cm
Plant Spread: 60-70cm
King Alfred has unique blue green foliage that is dense and compact. Its flowers extend up to one metre and are purple and yellow. King Alfred grows from 60-70cm with a width of 60-70cm.
It is able to tolerate prolonged (not permanent) periods of wet feet. It can also tolerate long dry periods, making it ideal for depressed areas. King Alfred is part of the No Irrigation Gardening Range due to its drought tolerance and ability to survive on natural rainfall in most populated areas of Australia except for desert areas, Perth and in time of extreme drought. The maintenance requirements for King Alfred is low, it will only need trimming approximately once every 5 to 8 years if at all.
King Alfred grows well in full sun and moderately shaded positions. It tolerates windy and salt laden windy positions and is very drought tolerant. It lives on natural rainfall in most of the populated areas of Australia. For desert inland type areas occasional watering maybe required. King Alfred can tolerate heavy clay to sandy soils and will keep beautiful clean foliage in both wet and relatively dry conditions.
Water is required to keep King Alfred healthy for the first 8 to 13 weeks. After this, irrigation is optional for most populated areas of Australia, other than particularly dry inland regions etc. King Alfred can also tolerate excessive water or dry conditions. Trimming is rarely required, but if needed, trim King Alfred to 15cm above the ground. It is best to a void trimming in drought conditions, or in the middle of Summer. Fertiliser is rarely required, but in ornamental gardens if a darker green colour is desired, fertilise with any good balanced 8 to 9 month slow release fertiliser, preferably in Spring or Autumn.
King Alfred is ideal for specimen planting or mass planting in gardens, roadsides, golf courses, factories, offices and most type of residential and commercial planting. It is a good understory plant in sparse tree plantings. King Alfred is a good companion plant with Cassa Blue, Little Rev and Tanika.